5 Things To Consider When Choosing Security
The physical skill set necessary for Executive Protection and Travel Risk Management can be taught over time but the dedication, adaptability and integrity necessary to do the job well is often harder to find. When considering your security requirements, who you hire is incredibly important. Due diligence is key, to ensure vetting, licenses, insurances, training records and relevant experience are independently validated.
Some key characteristics to consider.
1. Experience and Training: Seasoned security professionals responsibilities often include deterring, observing, detecting, handling firearms, reporting, and physical intervention, all of which are required to provide adequate protection of family and assets. Experience often derives from Special Forces, military, surveillance, law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Further to their industry experience, top-tier operatives excel beyond the minimum required training and often have additional skills such as advanced and defensive driving, medical qualifications, surveillance and firearm experience.
2. Judgement and Communication: Individual’s must possess excellent judgment, key to de-escalating dangerous situations and managing critical situations. Operatives are often highly intelligent, calm, composed and adept at evaluative thinking. Operatives must be able to communicate clearly, eloquently, and confidently. Communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal, are crucial, especially when managing teams of operatives, complicated logistical movements or co-ordinating extensive operations, across various territories.
3. Situational Awareness: A bodyguard must always be alert and aware of their environment at all times and possess a high degree of situational awareness. That means he or she must excel at paying attention, constantly aware of the situation around the Principal, and the entire operation with extensive experience in correctly assessing threats and employing the appropriate countermeasures. Teams that regularly work across both private and public sectors will understand how to ‘blend in’ and maintain a low profile. Regardless of size or gender, a good Executive Protection Operative will identify and mitigate potential risks that could cause an unwanted security situation.
4. Cultural Etiquette: Etiquette is a complex network of rules that govern good behaviour, social and business interactions. Operatives represent clients, families and guests. Cultural awareness and professionalism are essential for maintaining your reputation and ensuring exceptional standards of security are consistently delivered. Executive Protection is about applying intuition and instinct and combining those qualities with security skill and cultural etiquette to avoid threat and minimise risk. Attention to detail and organisational skill are also some of the key qualities that aids safe planning.
5. Physical Fitness: More often than not, Executive Protection requires swift reactions. A competent bodyguard should be fit enough to meet all physical requirements for the task at hand, however, bigger is not always better. When working crowd control at events, having a large physical presence comes in handy. But often, Close Protection Operatives aim to blend in with the principal’s entourage, ensuring a more covert option for the client. Depending on the environment—bodyguards may or may not carry arms. Operatives are trained to protect and evacuate – the goal is no use of force. Executive Protection is about strength and guile; operatives must think on their feet, making dynamic decisions to prevent situations from happening.
Choose your security team based on their skill, discretion and ability to execute confidential security deployments. For more advice, or to contact us regarding our executive protection services visit www.priavosecurity.com.